The city of Rockford lost a prized member of the community Wednesday, when Dick Nordlof passed away at the age of 84.
"He was humble, he was unassuming, he did not seek the spotlight," said Paul Logli with Rockford's United Way.
Nordlof was a man who wore many hats. He's known as a talented engineer and a patron of the arts but most of all, he believed in giving back.
"We are a richer community, we are a more art centered community, because Richard Nordlof lived and worked here," said Logli.
Nordlof was an influential figure in the art community. He purchased the former New American Theatre, fixed it up and gifted it to the Rockford Public Library Foundation, which we now know today as the Nordlof Center.
Not only did he make an impact on the community, he also made an impact on his family.
"We worked very closely throughout my whole life. Between business and some of my hobbies of course he was quite a mentor along the way," said Bradley Nordlof, his son.
He also made an impact on Sharon Isbin a Grammy award-winning guitarist who says she would not be where she is today without him.
"He truly changed the entire music world, by his incredible forward vision and by creating a legacy of important artistic works that will be cherished as long as humanity exists," said Isbin.
"The gift that he gave this community will keep on giving, and the impact he made on this community will go on forever," said former Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey.
A name that will always be remembered, and will continue to inspire the Rockford community.